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Paul Ryan visits Browns practice

Paul Ryan, Condoleezza Rice AP

On Tuesday, Jimmy Haslam officially became the new owner of the Browns.  On Wednesday, Haslam dipped his toe into a potential political morass by inviting Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan to practice.

According to multiple media reports, Ryan and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (a big Browns fan) are present for the first official day of Browns practice in the Haslam regime.

Haslam has every right to invite whoever he wants to practice, but there may be some Browns fans who also are Democrats who are put off by the overlap between partisan politics and football.  Indeed, plenty of Republicans who are Browns fans would chafe at the presence of Barack Obama or Joe Biden or other prominent Democrats at practice.

The issue takes on a higher profile given that, by all appearances, Ohio is the only state in which voting will be conducted next month.

It remains to be seen whether Ryan challenged any of the Browns players to a footrace.

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43 Responses to “Paul Ryan visits Browns practice”
  1. metalhead65 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:21 PM

    so what your saying is it would be perfectly fine if obama or some other tree hugging liberal visited but if a conservative shows up it is cause for concern? republicans can’t be sports fans? it’s fine obama can invite every sports team he wants to the white house but a fine man Like Paul Ryan can’t visit a pro teams practice?

  2. gbsoccer6 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:21 PM

    I wonder if this was a photo-op for Ryan?? Ryan has a strong record of doing great photo-ops….

  3. fitzmagic1212 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:23 PM

    thats cool! I’m a republican but if the bills invited democratic politicians to watch practice i wouldnt care. dont think anyone should care about this!

  4. jackblackshairyback says: Oct 17, 2012 1:23 PM

    It’s not exactly a photo-op, if you look at any of the photos that are being tweeted. You can’t even tell who is who, they are so far away.

  5. blantoncollier says: Oct 17, 2012 1:30 PM

    Shocking! Jimmy Haslam, whose brother is the GOP governor of Tenn., invites Paul Ryan and Condi to practice.

  6. jcspiggle says: Oct 17, 2012 1:32 PM

    Where is the link to Chris Kluwe’s letter about this?

  7. kidpresentable says: Oct 17, 2012 1:34 PM

    Did Ryan have a planned photo op of him pretending to wash jock straps?

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 17, 2012 1:35 PM

    If you’re a Browns fan, it shouldn’t matter who visits practice. You may not like it, but what does it have to do with your support of the team?

  9. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 17, 2012 1:37 PM

    Don’t the Super Bowl champions visit the White House every year? I haven’t heard many complaints about that.

  10. lionsfaninma says: Oct 17, 2012 1:37 PM

    Voting will be conducted nationwide. They’ll only be counting in Ohio!

  11. neofootball says: Oct 17, 2012 1:40 PM

    What is surprising is that a brand new owner is trying to turn Cleveland fans against him on the first day. I personally don’t care, but lets be honest the majority of Browns fans throw everything out of proportion and I am quite sure the Dem Browns fans will be outraged.

  12. RavenzGunnerz says: Oct 17, 2012 1:44 PM

    As a Democrat and a raven i say let them pick up a few winning tips from the browns

  13. tombradysponytail says: Oct 17, 2012 1:44 PM

    Did he challenge any of them to race in a marathon?

  14. pjgrannan says: Oct 17, 2012 1:49 PM

    Two points.
    One, I think it is a mistake to politicize practice – whichever side of the political fence you are on – in the midst of a presidential race.
    Two, Jimmy Haslam is NOT officially the Browns owner yet. Although the sale was approved by the league the sale does not actually close until October 25. This is an inaccuracy that has been repeated so many times that no one seems to notice.

  15. regisphilbin says: Oct 17, 2012 1:49 PM

    Yep, the Obama phone lady is from cleveland. If you dont know what I’m talking about, look it up.

  16. randallflagg52 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:51 PM

    So Ryan has attatched himself to two losers now, the browns and Mitt.

  17. huhhuhheybeavis says: Oct 17, 2012 2:03 PM

    To Mr. Meathead65,
    Actually, the post writer said it would NOT be alright if Obama shows up at there… Oh, I know what caused the misunderstanding – you don’t know the definition of ‘chafe.’

  18. huhhuhheybeavis says: Oct 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    But where was Ari Fleischer? It’s been years since his last NFL consulting job when the Pack needlessly hired him to spin the Favre situation.

  19. bridawg29 says: Oct 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    The point is this…

    Condi is a big Browns fan. She and Ryan did a campaign stop in Berea, OH today. The Browns practice in Berea, OH.

    It’s a natural that they’d visit if their schedule and the Browns’ schedules meshed. I’d expect the President to do the same if he were in Berea, OH today. Not everything screams of “political impropriety”.

  20. 3yardsndust says: Oct 17, 2012 2:12 PM

    So many losers! All they need are some Kardashians, the Honey Boo Boo kid, and the teary-eyed John Boehner. Heh.

  21. charliedamon says: Oct 17, 2012 2:13 PM

    Was he invited, or did he force his way in, soup kitchen style?

  22. banky74 says: Oct 17, 2012 2:13 PM

    My candidate and political party is far superior to your candidate and political party.

  23. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 17, 2012 2:14 PM

    This’ll make a interested side story when the Obama-appointed Ambassador to Ireland and his squad comes to town two weeks after the election.

  24. qdog112 says: Oct 17, 2012 2:35 PM

    Give that lyin’ clown a helmet and make him into tackling dummy. He’s already got the dummy part down.

  25. contrasuxbalz says: Oct 17, 2012 2:35 PM

    Browns suck.

  26. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 17, 2012 2:57 PM

    His forearms are sublime.

  27. quizguy66 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:13 PM

    The Browns need a new GM right? Maybe he’s interviewing for a job their after November.

    -QG

  28. rgledz says: Oct 17, 2012 3:24 PM

    He couldn’t stay long because he had to start running to Colorado so that he could climb a 19er before weeks end.

  29. dolphindad says: Oct 17, 2012 3:27 PM

    move on, nothing to see here. this is a non story. its common for political candidates to visit federal disaster areas!

    BOOOOMMM!!!

  30. east96st says: Oct 17, 2012 3:48 PM

    An old, rich, white guy supporting the Republicans? Wow! You don’t see THAT everyday! Talk about voting against your own interests.

  31. rcali says: Oct 17, 2012 3:50 PM

    Yep, Browns fans are going to lose sleep over this. Not sure how they’ll be able to make it through the day.

  32. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    I guess he had to visit the one factory (of sadness) committed to keeping jobs in America.

  33. trollhammer20 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    Did Ryan talk about his glory days when he could run a 4.26 40?

  34. grumpyoleman says: Oct 17, 2012 4:20 PM

    Did he wash any clean uniforms while he was there?

  35. szwhtsup123 says: Oct 17, 2012 4:54 PM

    Osama won’t go to any football practices. He’s too busy hoopin’

  36. lks311 says: Oct 17, 2012 5:14 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Oct 17, 2012 1:37 PM
    Don’t the Super Bowl champions visit the White House every year? I haven’t heard many complaints about that.
    ____________________________
    Every time I start feeling better about my fellow man’s basic intelligence, one of these guys crop up.

    President (any President) Rose Garden Photo Op > than Candidate (any Candidate) Pandering for Votes Photo Op. Please teach the difference to your kids, so that you can upgrade your immediate gene pools intelligence.

  37. audient says: Oct 17, 2012 6:06 PM

    I’m a Browns fan and I strongly support Obama’s re-election.

    Decorum prevents me from writing in detail how little I think of Ryan.

    I know Rice is a Browns fan, and I doubt Ryan would have been there but for her.

    But even if that weren’t the case, I can’t get worked up about this. Whatevs. He might as well enjoy the ride, it all ends for him in a couple of weeks anyway.

  38. snccoach says: Oct 17, 2012 6:35 PM

    I think he was brought in two spruce up the offense with he and Romney’s 5-Point Plan.

  39. watchfullhose says: Oct 17, 2012 8:14 PM

    Bwaaaahahaha….he told Colt McCoy that he was “great at Oklahoma State”. What a knob!

  40. whereyaat says: Oct 17, 2012 9:12 PM

    One would think that the Browns would see Ryan as a threat. After all, he is selling big ticket spending on defense.

  41. sparky151 says: Oct 18, 2012 1:02 AM

    Not sure what the big deal is. The Haslams are of course big Republicans with one being an honorary state chairman for Romney in Tennessee. So is Woody Johnson, the Jets owner. If NY were a swing state, Ryan would probably be at Jets practice. There are probably owners who are Democrats and would welcome Obama or Biden. Nothing wrong with that.

    A number of athletes and other celebrities have endorsed one candidate or the other. Nothing wrong with that either, though I don’t really care what celebrities think.

  42. lambeauandlombardi says: Oct 18, 2012 9:38 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Oct 17, 2012 1:37 PM

    Don’t the Super Bowl champions visit the White House every year? I haven’t heard many complaints about that.

    ………………………………………………………………………

    So members of the Vikings will never know what the White House looks like?

  43. smartdawg says: Oct 19, 2012 8:56 AM

    Browns dissapointed me by promoting a candidate at the expense of the fan base, which is predominantly Democrat. It was offensive.Why would you just take over and shove that in our faces. Doesn’t make good business sense to me. How many of the players in Berea will vote for an old angry white guy party anyways? It is the owner’ s team and he can do as he wishes, but without fans your just a name and 53 players. Pretty bizarre.

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